Dom Brown was supposed to play for Double-A Reading in Harrisburg tonight, but after getting three hits for Single-A Lakewood on Monday night, Brown was quickly activated from the seven-game disabled list.
So with Brown's activation came a roster crunch. The All-Star left fielder moved back into his old position, rookie Darin Ruf moved to right field, and veteran Laynce Nix was designated for assignment. Interestingly, Ruf will be playing right field for the first time ever and there's a chance he could stay there.
With Ruf (or Brown) entrenched in right field, the Phillies won't have much need for Delmon Young. But according to manager Charlie Manuel, some team might want Young.
"I think probably as we go along, there will probably be some more changes on our team as we go down through August and September because the teams that definitely are in contention and trying to win, they might come in and maybe take some of our players," Manuel said before Tuesday night's game against the Cubs. "There might be a few things going on, but I don’t know. That could help him stay in the light, as far as playing."
Consider the Phillies as a team in flux. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. didn't knock down Manuel's assessment, saying the Phillies will take the final 51 games to see what kind of players they have that could help come 2014.
In the meantime, here's the Phillies' lineup against the Cubs:
1.) Michael Young, 1b
2.) Chase Utley, 2b
3.) Jimmy Rollins, ss
4.) Dom Brown, lf
5.) Darin Ruf, rf
6.) John Mayberry Jr., cf
7.) Cody Asche, 3b
8.) Carlos Ruiz, c
9.) Kyle Kendrick, p